What does 2018 hold for the interior design?
The key to unlocking great design is to be true to what truly moves you. In the case of Mullerie Rabe-Taljaard, a global citizen who finds her décor inspiration in the great cities of the world – from London to New York and even Dublin – there are a couple of key trends emerging in the world of interiors for 2018 and beyond.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet. How are you going to incorporate this powerful shade into interiors you work on this year?
Shades of purple as regal and dominant as Ultra Violet speak to me of sumptuous velvets – for curtaining and upholstery, but the colour needs to be used with caution as it can overwhelm a space.
Where in the home do you think purple works and would you use it as a focal colour or only for accents?
A single beautifully designed sofa upholstered in purple velvet and placed centre stage in a stark white interior would look phenomenal. This use of such a powerful colour in a simple way also taps into one of the primary international trends of trying to find simplicity in life, which can be applied in the field of home décor by decluttering and applying restraint to your design style. By using a single item in purple – be it curtains, an artwork or piece of furniture in a minimalist setting, you don’t run the risk of over-designing the space.
Which international trends have you identified as being particularly suited to the South African interiors context and how are you going to use them?
The trend towards simplification is one with which I identify and which is perfect within the local context. It’s a concept understood and espoused by the Japanese and includes decluttering and owning fewer things as well as living a life filled with experiences that are meaningful to you. On a personal level I take pleasure in the so-called small things, such as spending time with my beloved Boston Terrier. Making sure I have work-life balance is also an important way to live the trend, and in this area I try to ensure that I take sufficient island holidays to nurture my soul and go on sabbatical every two to three years.
What are your plans workwise for the rest of the year? Are there projects in the pipeline about which you are especially excited?
We are doing our first show house in Mauritius as designed by Stefan Antoni of SAOTA, and incorporating his signature elements, which include the use of lots of timber and stone. We will be complimenting these natural architectural elements by using lots and lots of cool white linen in the interiors.
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